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Concordia College Now Accepting Scores from China’s High-Pressure Intensive Exam PDF Print Email

By Rebecca Portnoy, Communications Manager, Concordia College

Jan. 16, 2019:  Concordia College New York has begun to evaluate Chinese applicants using results from the gaokao, China’s intensive exam for high school seniors.

The famously high-pressure test is administered over two days and covers a large body of knowledge. Preparation requires a year or more of dedicated study. The test is taken by around nine million Chinese students each year.   

While colleges and universities in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand have accepted the gaokao for more than a decade, the practice is not yet common in the U.S., and Concordia joins just a small number of schools using this innovative approach to applicant assessment.

John McLoughlin, senior director of enrollment, said, “Our acceptance of the gaokao for admission will position Concordia to be more competitive in recruiting and retaining students from China. It is also an acknowledgment and demonstration of respect for China’s quality educational system.”

International students represent about 12% of the on-campus student body at Concordia, a small Christian college with a uniquely global feel. Living and learning with people from all over the world, students build an international network on their way to graduation. Accepting the gaokao will be another way to build on the value the college’s global outlook gives its students.  

Photo courtesy Concordia College

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff. 




Accomplished Photographer and Filmmaker Susan Meiselas to Lead Panel Discussion at Sarah Lawrence January 28 PDF Print Email


By Victoria Hochman, Manager of PR and Strategic Planning, Sarah Lawrence College

Jan. 16, 2019:  Sarah Lawrence College’s provocative new conversation series, Difference in Dialogue, will feature photographer and documentary maker Susan Meiselas on January 28. Meiselas, whose work uses photography as a medium for social change, will lead a discussion with author and contemporary critic Eduardo Cadava and photographer and artist Joel Sternfeld.

The program starts at 7:15 pm and will be held at the Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre on the Sarah Lawrence campus at 1 Mead Way.

Difference in Dialogue is a new series that provides an opportunity for connection, conversation, interaction, reflection, and reasoned disagreement between participants with contrasting viewpoints.

The series is open to the public. To RSVP, please email  CLOAKING Click here to learn about future programs.

More about the program’s participants:

Susan Meiselas, who graduated from Sarah Lawrence in 1970, is a documentary photographer, author, and director well known for her documentation of human rights issues in Latin America. She started her career teaching in the South Bronx using the camera to help connect and provoke discussions with her students. This quickly turned into a photography career using her art for social change, from her studies of carnival strippers to her documenting political upheaval in Nicaragua and Kurdistan. In 1992, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship and in 2015 was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Mediations, a survey exhibition of her work from the 1970s to present, was recently exhibited at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, Jeu de Paume, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Eduardo Cadava is an author, contemporary critic, and theorist specializing in American literature and culture, comparative literature, media technologies and theory, political theory, and translation theory. He is a professor of philosophy at the European Graduate School and Princeton University. He is currently working on a collection of essays on the ethics and politics of mourning and co-directing a multiyear project on the relationship between political conflict and climate change.

Joel Sternfeld is a photographer/artist with exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The recipient of two Guggenheim fellowships and a Prix de Rome, he is the author of American Prospects, On This Site, Stranger Passing, and ten other books. Sternfeld holds the Noble Foundation Chair in Art and Cultural History at Sarah Lawrence College. 

Photo courtesy Sarah Lawrence College

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Sarah Lawrence Scholar Daniel King to Discuss Game Theory on January 29 PDF Print Email


Ellen C. de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Sarah Lawrence College

Jan. 16, 2019:  Join Friends of Sarah Lawrence College on Tuesday, January 29, at 7:00 pm, at 45 Wrexham Road for a fascinating discussion of game theory with mathematics scholar Daniel King.

King’s presentation will focus on two particularly intriguing games: Newcomb’s problem and the prisoner's dilemma. The analysis of both games and the paradoxes they unleash serve to challenge some of our most cherished beliefs and philosophical viewpoints.

Daniel King earned his BS from Lafayette College and MS and PhD from the University of Virginia. A mathematics scholar, his special interests include mathematics education, game theory, history and philosophy of mathematics, and the outreach of mathematics to the social sciences and the humanities.

He currently teaches an undergraduate course, Game Theory: The Study of Strategy and Conflict. No prior knowledge of game theory or advanced-level mathematics is required to enjoy and fully engage with the ideas explored in this talk.

Learn how two intuitively logical analyses can give conflicting answers and why two completely rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears in their best interests to do so.

To register for this free event, please email  CLOAKING .

Pictured here: Daniel King, mathematics scholar.

Photo courtesy Ellen C. de Saint Phalle, Director of Community Relations, Sarah Lawrence College

Mono a Mano: Mononucleosis and the Rise of Vaping and the Hookup Culture PDF Print Email


By Stella Ginsberg, Wesleyan Class of '21, and Malcolm Roesser, Bronxville Native and Wesleyan Class of '21

Jan. 9, 2019:  Has a friend ever beckoned to you in the dining hall with a cup filled with some mysterious liquid saying, "Here, try it"? If you've taken that cup, and if you've chosen to drink their subpar suspicious soda, your risk of getting mononucleosis automatically skyrocketed. However, with the recent rise in "hookup" culture and the increase of young adults who vape (use e-cigarettes), there are even more methods of transmission to worry about than sharing drinks. Otherwise known as the "kissing disease," and commonly abbreviated to "mono," mononucleosis is a disease that is rapidly spreading across nearly all college campuses. The disease itself is contracted through the sharing of saliva, explaining the appellation "kissing disease."

The highly stigmatized mononucleosis is an infection usually caused by the Epstein-Barr virus, which has been present since before we evolved from chimpanzees. Many are infected with the virus as children with minimal to no symptoms and even more are infected during young adulthood. According to the Centers for Disease Control, symptoms consist of "extreme fatigue, fever, sore throat, head and body aches, swollen lymph nodes in the neck and armpits, swollen liver or spleen or both, [and] rash." Mono might not seem like a serious threat or a potential epidemic, but if it goes unnoticed, severe complications can arise, including an inflamed liver or a rupture of the spleen. Though rare, mono can cause anemia, inflammation of the heart, malfunctions of the nervous system, and a decrease in blood cell clotting. All of these potential risks are enough to force people to stay out of class, sports, and other activities for weeks on end.

A recent epidemic on college campuses itself has been the increasingly popular Juul, a brand of e-cigarette that is so small that it looks like a flash drive. "Juuling" is trendy all across the United States but more specifically with college-aged kids, as evidenced by the masses of students on Wesleyan's campus who go about their days with a smartphone in one hand and a Juul in the other. The reason this presents a huge issue for the spread of mononucleosis is that it is extraordinarily common to share Juuls with other students at parties, during class, or just while hanging out. With communal use of the vape, germs and saliva are easily spread from one student to another, therefore making it much easier to contract diseases, mono included.

Another fad on college campuses today is the unpalatable hookup culture. In this day and age, many students are with multiple sexual partners for very short periods of time. With this activity comes not only the risk of contracting multiple sexually transmitted diseases but also the risk of getting diseases like mono. The more partners a person is with, the higher their chances become of getting mono, therefore explaining the title "kissing disease." Some students might not even know that they have contracted the disease because of the long incubation period, when no symptoms occur, and continue to hook up with other students, therefore spreading the virus without comprehending the potential damage that they may be causing.

Though mono has been around for years on end and has been handled in the past, the recent developments of hookup culture and Juuling have increased the need for change in behavior. Students, in general, should be extraordinarily mindful of sharing things such as drinks, food, vapes, and other saliva-ridden objects and should absolutely be careful about who they engage with in a sexual manner. The obvious answer to this problem would be to abstain from the communal consumption of things; however, while we, the authors, might like this idea, many students wouldn't comply. The next step would be to take great care of oneself if you are experiencing symptoms of any sort. If any of the aforementioned symptoms arise, it might be a sound idea to go to the doctor's office and get tested for mono in order to help yourself and to help prevent the spread of the disease.

Pictured here"JUUL pods" by Vaping360 is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

Kids Out of School? Take Them to the Bronxville Library PDF Print Email


By Staff

Dec. 19, 2018:  With the kids getting out of school soon, you might be looking for fun activities for them. Consider taking them to the Bronxville Public Library; here are some fun holiday events coming up.

Thursday, December 20, 3:30 to 5:00 pm, Wrap Your Presents for Tweens and Teens. The library will be supplying all of the gift-wrapping items for tweens and teens (ages 9 and up) to wrap presents without their loved ones and friends seeing.

Thursday, December 20, 4:00 to 4:45 pm, Holiday Story Craft. Children ages 3 and up can listen to holiday-themed stories and make a holiday card. 

Friday, December 21, 3:15 pm, Free Movie, Miracle on 34th Street. Rated PG, 114 min. Library description: "A lawyer and a little girl must prove that a man claiming to be Santa Claus is the real thing."

Wednesday, December 26, 2:00 pm, Free Movie, The Polar Express. Rated G, 100 min. Library description: "On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas."

Friday, December 28, 2:00 pm, Free Movie, Incredibles 2Rated G, 118 min. Library description: "Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) is left to care for the kids while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world." 

Holiday Books.  The library has all sorts of holiday books on display, including cookbooks specific to the holidays and books on entertaining, crafts, holiday history, traditions, and lore. There is even a book about napkin-folding to help make the holiday table look especially festive. You can also find holiday-themed DVDs.

Pictured here: The interior of the Bronxville Public Library.

Photo by N. Bower

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